Yahoo Shuts Down Site Explorer
Yahoo Shuts Down Site Explorer Today
As expected Yahoo will be closing down Yahoo Site Explorer this year. Yahoo has just announced the date for the closure.
The short Yahoo blog post reads:
With the completion of algorithmic transition to Bing, Yahoo! Search has merged Site Explorer into Bing Webmaster Tools. Webmasters should now be using the Bing Webmaster Tools to ensure that their websites continue to get high quality organic search traffic from Bing and Yahoo!. Site Explorer services will not be available from November 21, 2011.
Bing Webmaster Tools – as Google Webmaster Central does — will provide linkage data about a site that has been claimed within their systems. But neither provides information about sites beyond those that a publisher owns (see Bing Webmaster Tools Launches New Link Reports; Google Webmaster Tools Changes Theirs for more about these tools).
For years, Google has deliberately suppressed reporting all the links. This means with the loss of Yahoo Site Explorer, there is no tool from any major search engine that will show all the links pointing at any site on the web.
Small search engine Blekko, however, does provide these types of tools. And, there are third party free tools such as Majestic Site Explorer, and SEOmoz Open Site Explorer.